National Marathon was the first time I’ve ever run with music during a race. I typically like to be present in the moment, but for this particular race I knew that I would need an extra little kick, some more pep in my step, to deal with the sleepless nights that come with having a baby.

Thanks to my twitter and facebook friends, who gave me some great song suggestions, I came up with a pretty awesome play list and only hit skip once or twice. During the hard miles in Anacostia I even hit repeat on a couple of songs to get me through. I’m still debating whether I’ll run with music at Boston.

Here are some of the songs that got me through my last 26.2!

Eye of The Tiger: Survivor

Raise Your Glass: Glee Cast Version

Under The Sun: Bebo Norman

Sexy Chick: David Guetta

Dynamite: Taio Cruz

Stuck Like Glue: Sugarland

Hallelujah: Heather Williams

Right Round: Flo Rida

Hold It Against Me: Britney Spears

Let It Rock: Kevin Rudolph & Little Wayne

Empire State of Mind: Jay – Z

Disturbia: Rihanna

Just Dance: Lady GaGa

Poker Face: Lady GaGa

Forever: Chris Brown

S & M: Rihanna

This Afternoon: Nickelback

Learning To Fly: Tom Petty

Your Love Is My Drug: Ke$ha

Bulletproof: La Roux

California Gurls: Katy Perry

See You Again: Miley Cyrus

Miss Independent: Ne-Yo

Live Your Life: T.I.

Untouched: The Veronicas

Let It Rock: Kevin Rudolph & Little Wayne

Meet Me Halfway: Black Eyed Peas

Love Game: Lady GaGa

Fire Burning: Sean Kingston

Sober: Pink

Whatever You Like: T.I.

We R Who We R: Ke$ha

Raise Your Glass: Pink

More: Usher

Good Life: One Republic

Jars Of Clay: Lonely People

How Bad Do You Want It: Tim McGraw

She Wolf: Shakira

My Old Friend: Tim McGraw

Born To Fly: Sara Evans

Sunny Days: Jars Of Clay

Do you have any songs you love that I should add? Comment with your favorite ‘pump me up’ running song!


  1. dcrunographer says:

    "Back to the Future" title theme!

    No? Just me? OK.

  2. Some of my favorite running songs are on there! I'm debating running my marathon with music even though I never train with it. I just get so pumped when I hear a power song and it could help in the later miles. Opinions?

  3. THANK you so much for this! I'm sitting here working on a playlist for this weekends half right now!

  4. SupermomE12 says:

    Ok, your list is good… BUT… "Meet me halfway" by the Black Eyed Peas is the WORST running song ever. The LAST thing I need to hear when I am racing is Fergie whining "I can't go on any further than this". Seriously! :)

    I posted my play list here… feel free to steal some and there are some great suggestions in the comments. My fav running song is "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera.

  5. S Club Mama says:

    Animal – Neon Trees, Don't Trust Me – 3OH!3, Here It Goes Again – OK Go, Loser Like Me – Glee Cast, Love Drunk – Boys Like Girls, Teenage Dream – Katy Perry or Glee Cast, Telephone – Glee Cast version, Tik Tok – Ke$ha or Glee Cast – that's what I've got today!

  6. I don't know a lot of the newer music, but I'll have to check them out! I was just trying to put together a playlist for my 1/2 in a couple of weeks!

  7. You've got a lot of good ones. I like DJ Tiesto's Adagio for Strings.

  8. GREAT timing on this post!! YAY!

    I'd add "all of the lights".

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Anberlin- Readyfuels
    Foo Fighters- The Pretender
    Muse- Hyteria

    I don't know most of yours. :-(

  10. Stefanie D. says:

    Love this list! There are some good ones!!

  11. Rock N Roll – Led Zeppelin. Makes me run faster EVERY.TIME.

  12. Meredith says:

    Toby Mac – Ignition and Catchafire

  13. Jessica (The Pace of Me) says:

    Another one I love is coldplay – viva la vida!

  14. I like your list! I have a lot of the same ones on my ipod. Meredith's Toby Mac suggestions are actually two of my favs to run to. Here are some others I like that weren't on your list:

    Skillet- Hero, Awake and Alive, Monster
    Queen- Another one Bites the Dust, We Will Rock You
    Guns and Roses- Paradise City
    The B-52s- Love Shack
    Snap!-The Power
    Technotronic-Pump Up The Jam

  15. Eye of the tiger is a must!!!

    Gotta Run,

  16. I hit the ground – Keith Urban
    rolling in the deep – Adele
    what the hell -avril lavigne
    the rising- springsteen
    dont you (forget about me) david cook
    according to you orianthi
    how long -the eagles
    hey ya! – outkast

  17. Thank you for sharing your playlist – I will have to add some of those to mine to get me through Boston next week! There is a song that my husband downloaded for me that is my NEW pump me up song and it is a must – My Body by Young the Giant. I love how it says – "My body tells me No – but I want more!!"

  18. I like a lot of your songs! others:
    One More- Superchick
    Fighter-Christina Aquilera
    Breakin' Dishes-Rihanna
    Heaven Helps the Man-Kenny Loggins
    Holding out for a Hero-Bonnie Tyler
    This is How a Heart Breaks-Rob Thomas
    Free-Mercy Me

  19. I agree with Amanda, I have Skillets' Awake and Alive on my ipod and I love it.

    Chritina Aguliera's Fighter got me through the last few miles of my first marathon. I played it over and over again!

  20. Just two peas in a shell, or, wait... says:

    Move your Feet by Junior Senior and Step One Two by Kaskade. Random, yes, but when they come on during a workout, I am invincible!

  21. The Samson Family says:

    Eminem Lose Yourself and Not Afraid (the clean versions :):)

  22. Stronger: Kanye West
    Remember the Name: Fort Minor
    Boombox Generation: Motion City Soundtrack
    Stacked Actors: Foo Fighters
    Empty: Metric
    Cold Hard Bitch: Jet
    The Middle: Jimmy Eat World (this is the BEST!)

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